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Coastal Archaeology, the Anthropocene, and the Future of Island Ecosystems

NYAS - Anthropology Lecture Series
January 26, 2015

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This Event has been canceled due to Winter Storm Juno. Stay tuned for more information regarding possible rescheduling or other announcements concerning the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Section lecture series.

The New York Academy of Science, Anthropology Section's Lecture Series at Wenner-Gren Foundation kicks off 2015 on Monday, January 26th when we welcome Torben Rick, Director and Curator of North American Archaeology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, to discuss the Anthropocene and the present and future challenges it poses to coastal archaeology and historical ecology.

"We live in a time of rapid global ecological change and degradation, prompting many to speculate that we have entered the Anthropocene, a time dominated by human activities. Coastal archaeology and historical ecology provide an important framework for understanding contemporary environmental problems and can help guide future conservation, restoration, and management. Drawing on examples from California’s Channel Islands and other island ecosystems around the world, I explore the ways that archaeology can help enhance contemporary environmental management and chart a course for future collaborative research around the world."

This event will take place at the Wenner-Gren Foundation Building, 470 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor, New York (at 32nd Street). A dinner and wine reception (free to students) will precede the talk at 6pm, with Dr. Rick begining his lecture at 7pm.  The event is free, but registration with the New York Academy of Sciences is required.

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